Lessons

Teaching guitar was my first real gig. I taught my first lesson when I was in 5th grade, and I taught it to a 3rd grader, who I charged five dollars. I started with my first school when I was 17, and through college I continued teaching both privately, as well as aligned with various organizations. From that time I’ve maintained a roster of at least 20, but usually no more than 35 students. In my travels I’ve never had a hard time being found by students, and I’ve taught guitar, singing, songwriting, theory, and eartraining in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore where I was raised, and Boston/Brookline/Cambridge, which is my current perch.

My students and I have rocked a lot of killer venues, and I’ve been proud to witness quite a few students move onwards and upwards through some seriously cool circles of musicdom. The vast majority of my roster is word of mouth, but I am open to discussing the potentiality of working outside my organic network. Please use this contact form to learn more. Just let me know how long you, or the potential student has been playing, and what some of the main musical goals of studying might be. These goals could sound something like: songwriting, soloing, rocking my favorite songs, jamming on a porch, or performing at an open mic. No goals are too silly, and no goals are too high. I can’t make you famous- but I can help you make sure that if the world were to watch you play a song, you would be able to give a great performance. There’s only two rules: you have to love music, and you have to practice. Prime time slots are limited, but I do maintain a waitlist.

My teaching style is very simple. I teach in a comprehensive manner, designed to teach the student to teach themselves. At first blush one would think this is horrible business, what aiming to eliminate oneself from the equation. But I think it’s absolutely the best teaching method. It’s written, “give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish, and he eats for life.” That sounds about right to me.


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